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U.S. and Japan dominate patents for chip material favored by Tesla

Power-saving silicon carbide enables electric vehicles to run longer

Silicon carbide semiconductors are known to save energy and extend the driving range of electric vehicles.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan are home to the five top-ranked companies in patents for silicon carbide, a next-generation semiconductor material that can extend the range of electric vehicles.

Harder than silicon, the chip industry's mainstay material for decades, silicon carbide can handle higher electric currents with less loss of charge, making it a better choice for chips that control the flow of power in EVs.

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